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Clyde M. Krein, Sr. (1957 – 2019)

CLAVERACK—Clyde M. Krein, Sr., 61, of Claverack passed away February 1, 2019.

He was born October 14, 1957 in Hudson to the late Anthony Krein, Jr., and Rose (Avery) Krein.

He had a passion for music and drumming, which started when he was in school. A group of friends started a band called Electric Warrior, while in high school and he never stopped. He has played for the Kingston Indians Drum and Bugle Corps, Continental Cadets, Sassy, Flipside, Clydeside, Rumors, Visions, Surfalicious Dudes, Adventures, Watt 4, Head West and most notably Southbound. When he wasn’t drumming, he enjoyed demolition derbies, participating in archery competitions with the Hudson Fish and Game Club, bowling on the Anthony Krein and Sons bowling team, and he was an avid hunter. He served as past president of the Philmont Fire Company, and was a member of both the Hudson Elks Lodge and the Moose Club.

Mr. Krein is survived by: his wife, Deborah Krein; his four children, Clyde, Jr., (Kelly), Jeremy, Suzanne (Pete) Eisele, Shea Van Deusen; his step-children, Eric (Beth) Jennings, Robert (Echo) Tanner, Paul (Cate) Tanner; 15 grandchildren; his mother, Rose Krein; his three brothers; two sisters; nieces, nephews and cousins.

His father predeceased him, along with his son, Christopher Krein.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11 a.m. from the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment will follow in Mellenville Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday evening, February 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Edward H. Arnold (1926 – 2019)

SAN ANTONIO, TX—Edward Henry Arnold, 92, of Kinderhook and San Antonio, TX, passed away peacefully February 4, 2019, surrounded by loving family.

He was born December 22, 1926 in Mount Vernon, one of five sons born to Charles Frederick Arnold and Clara Nellie (nee Plume) Arnold. He graduated with a New York State Regents diploma from Isaac E. Young High School in New Rochelle, where he was captain of the stage crew and a member of the track team. As a senior in high school, he enlisted as a V-5 aviation cadet in the U.S. Naval Reserve in January 1944. Following graduation from high school, he was sent to complete an accelerated one-year naval reserve college training program in the V-12 Unit of the U.S. Navy at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Upon graduation from the training in 1945, Mr. Arnold began his engineering studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1945, where he was a member of the Navy ROTC. He reported to duty from February to July 1946 at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard. He was seaman second class on the U.S.S. Oklahoma City CL-91, a light cruiser. He received an honorable discharge from the Navy in July 1946 and returned to RPI that fall as a junior and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1947. He stayed another year at RPI to earn a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree in 1948. In July 1948, he received a Navy commission as ensign, Civil Engineer Corps. He obtained his private pilot’s license in 1949.

From 1948 to 1950, Mr. Arnold worked at Frazier Davis Construction Corp. in Valhalla as a field engineer on the construction of the Delaware Aqueduct for the NYC Board of Water Supply. During this time, he met Marion “Pat” Griffing of Amagansett, she had just graduated from the New Paltz State Teachers College and was staying in the same Claryville boarding house as Mr. Arnold, working at her first job as a second-grade teacher. They married at Saint Luke’s Church in East Hampton. They eventually raised a family of five children in Kinderhook in a home they built together.

From 1950 to 1951, he worked for Hamilton Overseas Construction Co., based in New York City, where he served as office engineer for the reconstruction of a coal mine in Turkey. From September 1951 to July 1953, he was recalled to military service, serving in the Korean War as a lieutenant junior grade in the USNR 124 Naval Construction Battalion. As company commander, he was stationed on Adak Island, AK, in the Aleutian Isles. His wife joined him in Adak. The memories from that experience, and the friendships they made in Adak, remained a source of great joy throughout their married life.

Mr. Arnold was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Naval Reserve Medal for his military service.

Mr. Arnold was released from active duty in July 1953. He was field and office engineer, 1953 to 1954, for the Thompson Construction Company in Albany. He estimated and constructed various projects including schools and missile sites. He was construction engineer and district operations representative for Texaco, Inc., 1954 to 1968, supervising personnel and managing construction of all types of petroleum distribution across four states. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in February 1961. In 1968, he decided to leave his career at Texaco and took a brief position as program engineer with the State Department of Health in Albany.

In 1969, he accepted a position with the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) in Albany, where he worked for the next 16 years. During his tenure with EFC, he managed the planning, design and construction of projects totaling over $200 million.

Mr. Arnold operated his own business out of his home on the weekends as engineer and surveyor for E.H. Arnold and Associates, Professional Engineers & Surveyors, 1970 until 2000. He was joined in this work by his neighbor and friend, fellow engineer Bill Greene. He once remarked that over his 30 years of surveying, he had surveyed nearly all of Columbia County.

Mr. Arnold served as a member of the Village of Kinderhook Planning Board, 1971 to 1976; he was a member of the Town of Kinderhook Zoning Board of Appeals and the Town Zoning Commission, 1973 to 1976. He also served as town engineer for the Town of Kinderhook, and as a member of the Village of Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church in Kinderhook, the Kinderhook Elks Lodge 2530, and the Masonic Lodge.

He loved spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies included: making movies on the computer, following world news, reading, downhill skiing, hiking in the Catskill Mountains and along the dunes in Montauk, sailing, fishing, swimming in the ocean, taking family vacations in Montauk, Long Island, and family ski trips to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and meticulously mowing his lawn on his John Deere tractor. He patiently taught his children to ski as soon as they could walk and shared his love of nature with them.

He will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband and father with a great sense of humor, and as a dedicated and loyal friend.

Mr. Arnold is survived by: his beloved wife of 68 years, Marion “Pat” (nee Griffing) Arnold; their five children, Patricia Buss of McLean, VA, Gray “Gigi” Kendrick (Robert) of San Antonio, TX, Laurie Arnold of Denver, CO, Amy Gumaer (Peter) of Chevy Chase, MD, and Kurt Arnold (Dawn) of East Greenbush; six grandchildren, Alison Voltz (Steven) of Richmond, VA, Lindsey Buss of Arlington, VA, Colin Buss of Cambridge, MA, Emily Kendrick of San Antonio, TX, Sophia Arnold and Avery Arnold of East Greenbush; and three brothers, Richard, Robert and Kenneth Arnold.

He was predeceased by his eldest brother, Charles.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, 1015 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. A memorial service will be held at the Kinderhook Reformed Church at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Kinderhook Reformed Church.

Susan A. Higgins (1946 – 2019)

ALBANY—Susan A. Higgins of Ghent died Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Albany Medical Center.

Born in Hudson, August 2, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Anna (Klinger) Tkacy.

She was a bookkeeper for many years and last worked for Pine Plains Tractor. She will be missed by: her husband, Allen E. Higgins, Sr., at home; two sons, Allen E. Higgins, Jr., and Walter E. and (Erin) Higgins; two sisters, Marion Hotaling and Arlene Bratton; grandchildren, Ashley, Courtney, Walter and Brendon.

She was predeceased by: brothers, Walter Tkacy, Jr., and Stanley Tkacy and one sister, Annabella Allen. There are no calling hours. Burial of her ashes will be in the spring at Cedar Park Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sacco-McDonald-Valenti Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.

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